Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 in News
The Baillieu Government has compromised student safety axing the school speed zone program on busy arterial and residential streets, Shadow Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said today.
In a letter obtained by the State Opposition VicRoads Chief Operating Officer Bruce Gidley says “the previous school speed zone programs are now fully expended”.
There are various types of school speed zone limits as part of the program including permanent time based and variable electronic speed limit restrictions around schools.
When asked in Parliament if the program or its funding had been cut, Roads Minister Terry Mulder refused to answer the question.
“This revelation should outrage Victorian parents,” Mr Donnellan said.
“This is a new low for the Baillieu Government, first they axe a program to protect babies from whooping cough and now they have axed a road safety program that protects kids.
“The Baillieu Government is quite happy to spend millions of dollars on a drawing competition to redevelop Flinders Street Station but fails to provide funding to make crossing the road to get to school a priority for students.
“There are no winners in this heartless decision by the Baillieu Government, it again demonstrates they just don’t care.”
Mr Donnellan said Transport Accident Commission statistics show there have been 69 pedestrian deaths since Dec 2010 – 19 this year, up three on last year – and the Monash Accident Research Centre research shows an 11% reduction in speed reduces deaths by 40 per cent.
“It should be a priority of government to ensure student safety is paramount,” Mr Donnellan said.